Global commitment takes aim at plastic pollution


A new global commitment to eradicate plastic waste and pollution at the source has been signed by 290 organisations, including leading NGO’s, many of the world’s largest packaging producers and governments has been signed at the Our Ocean Conference in Bali recently.

The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment is led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, in collaboration with UN Environment, and details a vision for a circular economy for plastics.

Signatories to the commitment represent 20% of the all plastic packaging produced globally, and includes well-known consumer businesses such as Danone; H&M group; L’Oréal; Mars, Incorporated; PepsiCo; The Coca-Cola Company; and Unilever; major packaging producers such as Amcor, plastics producers including Novamont, and resource management specialist Veolia.

The Global Commitment aims to create ‘a new normal’ for plastic packaging. Targets will be reviewed every 18 months, and become increasingly ambitious over the coming years. Businesses that sign the commitment will publish annual data on their progress to help drive momentum and ensure transparency.

Targets include:

  • Eliminate problematic or unnecessary plastic packaging and move from single-use to reuse packaging models

  • Innovate to ensure 100% of plastic packaging can be easily and safely reused, recycled, or composted by 2025

  • Circulate the plastic produced, by significantly increasing the amounts of plastics reused or recycled and made into new packaging or products.

Eliminating unnecessary and problematic plastics is an essential part of the Global Commitment vision, and will make it easier to keep remaining plastics in the economy and out of the environment.

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